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At Guilford Street House I could take a step back from the ward to recover from the physical and mental exhaustion.

At Guilford Street House I could take a step back from the ward to recover from the physical and mental exhaustion.

News   •   Jan 17, 2019 09:03 GMT

Harry’s life is split between Great Ormond Street Hospital, Birmingham Children’s Hospital and Warwickshire. Harry’s had to undergo major operations and his parents have been told several times that he may not live to see another day because he has a rare heart condition called Shone’s complex. His dad has been supported at Guilford Street House.

Until I was in that position I’d never considered how long some families are away from home, by their child’s hospital bedside.

Until I was in that position I’d never considered how long some families are away from home, by their child’s hospital bedside.

News   •   Jan 16, 2019 11:57 GMT

Jack was born with a rare condition, duodenal atresia, which occurs in 6,000 babies. At just two days old, he underwent major surgery and remained in hospital for the first three weeks of his life . While Jack's mum could sleep on the ward, Jack's dad was supported at Crawford House. Jack is now doing really well and his family and friends have raised over £450 for Crawford House.

Seeing Bobby laugh and play with his sisters in an environment other than the hospital ward gave us the small glimmer of hope we so dearly needed.

Seeing Bobby laugh and play with his sisters in an environment other than the hospital ward gave us the small glimmer of hope we so dearly needed.

News   •   Jan 14, 2019 16:31 GMT

At just five years old, Bobby, was involved in a car accident which left him with life-threatening injuries. and was airlifted to Addenbrooke’s Hospital, Cambridge. He had just a 10% chance of survival and within 48 hours underwent three brain surgeries. It was during this time that Jeff and Carly were told about Acorn House, which became their home for four months.

Crawford House has been a ‘Home from Home’ to thousands of families. One of which is mine.

Crawford House has been a ‘Home from Home’ to thousands of families. One of which is mine.

News   •   Dec 17, 2018 15:18 GMT

Crawford Assistant House Manager, Emily, was supported at Crawford House five years ago when her son, Daniel, was born at just 25 weeks. Since then, Emily has become a support to many of the families who pass through the door at Crawford House. Here she shares her experience.

Lottie has defied everyone’s expectations to make it home in time for Christmas. We couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to introduce our greatest gift to all our friends and family.

Lottie has defied everyone’s expectations to make it home in time for Christmas. We couldn’t be happier and can’t wait to introduce our greatest gift to all our friends and family.

News   •   Dec 13, 2018 16:46 GMT

Please see the attached family story. Kim and her partner, Jamie, were terrified when they were told their unborn baby had duodenal atresia, which meant that a portion of her small intestine was closed off. Lottie needed lifesaving surgery at Sheffield Children’s Hospital just hours after birth.

Without the charity’s help, finding a way to keep our family together would’ve been incredibly hard.

Without the charity’s help, finding a way to keep our family together would’ve been incredibly hard.

News   •   Dec 13, 2018 11:49 GMT

Harvey is looking forward to celebrating his first Christmas with his parents at home after a traumatic start to life. Emily and Chris, from Upper Cambourne, share their story in support of The Sick Children's Trust's Christmas Appeal.

I had only just started to look pregnant when my baby girl arrived 106 days early. After spending four months in hospital we finally took her home this week just in time for Christmas.

I had only just started to look pregnant when my baby girl arrived 106 days early. After spending four months in hospital we finally took her home this week just in time for Christmas.

News   •   Dec 10, 2018 16:08 GMT

Will and Vicky Simpson stayed with us at Stevenson House after Sophia was born at 24 weeks gestation weighing just 1lb 10oz. She overcame many challenges during the initial few weeks of her life and was transferred to Broomfield Hospital, closer to home, at just eight weeks old. Miraculously her parents took her home for the first time last Wednesday, which is where they will celebrate Christmas.

I’m so proud of my little heart warrior and can’t wait for our first Christmas at home as a family. But we’ll never forget The Sick Children’s Trust’s support at Christmastime last year.

I’m so proud of my little heart warrior and can’t wait for our first Christmas at home as a family. But we’ll never forget The Sick Children’s Trust’s support at Christmastime last year.

News   •   Dec 10, 2018 12:40 GMT

Mum Stacey wasn't able to spend Christmas Day with her newborn daughter Olivia, but thanks to Scott House, Olivia's Dad was with her, ensuring that she didn't wake up on her first Christmas morning alone.

We can’t wait to celebrate a worry free Christmas with the twins this year, excited that in just a few months they will be welcoming their new baby brother or sister into the world!

We can’t wait to celebrate a worry free Christmas with the twins this year, excited that in just a few months they will be welcoming their new baby brother or sister into the world!

News   •   Dec 04, 2018 16:19 GMT

Ruby Price went into labour just 23 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to from Southend Hospital to The Rosie Hospital in Cambridge where she gave birth five days later. Leighton weighed 1lb 6oz and Lola only 1lb 2oz. Doctors warned the traumatised parents that there was a strong chance they would lose both babies. Miraculously, against all odds, they pulled through!

Nothing can prepare you for having such a tiny baby, but Crawford House has meant I’ve been with Ella-Rose every step of the way.

Nothing can prepare you for having such a tiny baby, but Crawford House has meant I’ve been with Ella-Rose every step of the way.

News   •   Dec 01, 2018 09:05 GMT

Ella-Rose weighed just over one pound when she was born on 31 July just 26 weeks into Sophie's pregnancy. Miraculously and against all odds she survived and made it home on her due date, which was 5 November. We supported Mum, Sophie, in Crawford House whilst Ella-Rose grew stronger in Royal Victoria Infirmary.

With the support of The Sick Children’s Trust, it’s possible for a child in hospital not to wake up alone on Christmas morning.

With the support of The Sick Children’s Trust, it’s possible for a child in hospital not to wake up alone on Christmas morning.

News   •   Nov 29, 2018 09:44 GMT

Jessica was born at just 27 weeks and spent nearly three months in hospital before she was discharged home – eight days before her due date. Her parents, Alison and William, were supported at Crawford House while Jessica was treated at newcastle's RVI..

When we were told our daughter might never walk again, we needed a space away from the hospital to come to terms with it.

When we were told our daughter might never walk again, we needed a space away from the hospital to come to terms with it.

News   •   Nov 29, 2018 09:34 GMT

Esmae suddenly became seriously ill just a week before Christmas and within days had lost movement in her entire body. She was diagnosed with a rare disease called transverse myelitis, which was causing inflammation of her spinal cord and swelling on her brain. Esmae spent the entire of Christmas in hospital, but didn’t wake up alone on Christmas morning because of Magnolia House.

If it wasn’t for Eckersley House, our hospital experience would’ve felt so different.

If it wasn’t for Eckersley House, our hospital experience would’ve felt so different.

News   •   Nov 26, 2018 13:13 GMT

Imogen was born with a rare condition known as Poland syndrome, which effects very few children and is characterised by the webbing of the fingers and underdevelopment of chest muscle. As a result, Imogen has undergone two major surgeries at Leeds Children's Hospital during which time her parents have been supported at Eckersley House.

In the middle of the night, when I couldn’t sleep, I was able to express and take milk up to Leo on the ward and would sit with him so he knew he wasn’t alone.

In the middle of the night, when I couldn’t sleep, I was able to express and take milk up to Leo on the ward and would sit with him so he knew he wasn’t alone.

News   •   Nov 20, 2018 11:02 GMT

After a very long labour baby Leo suffered from a pneumothorax when he took his first breath. He required lifesaving treatment at The Rosie Hospital, an hour away from the family's home. His parents and older brother, Jenson, stayed in Chestnut House for five days whilst he recovered and Leo made it home when he was 12 days old. He turned one year old in May this year.

​I remember the first night I stayed in Stevenson House I hardly slept. Knowing Isla was so close was comforting and I wanted to be with her all the time, but I also knew I needed to rest so I could be strong for my baby.

​I remember the first night I stayed in Stevenson House I hardly slept. Knowing Isla was so close was comforting and I wanted to be with her all the time, but I also knew I needed to rest so I could be strong for my baby.

News   •   Nov 06, 2018 18:40 GMT

Ashley went into labour just 24 weeks into her pregnancy and was rushed to her local hospital. Unable to stop the labour, doctors delivered twin girls, Esme and Isla. Tragically, Esme was stillborn, but Isla had a faint heartbeat and was rushed up to the neonatal intensive care unit before being transferred over to London a few hours later for lifesaving treatment.

We could give Nathan a kiss every morning and night while he fought for his life because of Crawford House

We could give Nathan a kiss every morning and night while he fought for his life because of Crawford House

News   •   Nov 05, 2018 15:53 GMT

At a week old, Lana's son, Nathan, was unexpectedly rushed to the Royal Victoria Infirmary in Newcastle when he started to struggle to breathe. On arrival, he deteriorated and was put into an induced coma. For three weeks his parents were supported at Crawford House while Nathan battled for survival.

Even though we were in hospital over Christmas, we could still spend the day together as a family.

Even though we were in hospital over Christmas, we could still spend the day together as a family.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:59 GMT

Paul Foster talks about his experience of spending Christmas at his daughter's hospital bedside when at just three months old she needed major heart surgery. Read his story and watch 'My Christmas Wish' to find out the impact our 'Home from Home' had on his family.

If it hadn’t been for Chestnut House, we would’ve had to sleep in the car or make a two hour journey every day.

If it hadn’t been for Chestnut House, we would’ve had to sleep in the car or make a two hour journey every day.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:35 GMT

Meet the Jones family, who were supported at Acorn House. Little Jenson was starved of oxygen at birth and needed specialist treatment at Addenbrooke's Hospital. Katie and Jay share their experience with us in support of our Christmas appeal, My Christmas Wish.

This time last year things didn’t look good for Noah, but this Christmas he is thriving and we will be celebrating at home with close friends and family.

This time last year things didn’t look good for Noah, but this Christmas he is thriving and we will be celebrating at home with close friends and family.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 23:05 GMT

Mum Tina shares her experience of what its like to have a child in hospital over Christmas as part of our appeal. It costs £13,230 for us to run our ten 'Homes from Home' over the Christmas period to support families like Tina and Noah.

Every time I walked through the front door at Acorn House and was greeted by Abi I relaxed and knew that, whilst we chatted, I would feel normal.

Every time I walked through the front door at Acorn House and was greeted by Abi I relaxed and knew that, whilst we chatted, I would feel normal.

News   •   Oct 30, 2018 12:27 GMT

A devoted Dad, Ryan Mathewson, has shared his experience of staying in both Chestnut and Acorn Houses on multiple occasions whilst his son William has received lifesaving treatment at both The Rosie and Addenbrooke’s.